The artist collective Environmental Impact Statement invites artists from all disciplines and locations to submit proposals for projects that could not be carried out if the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline proceeds. The proposals will amplify potential impacts of the pipeline through creative means, and interject in the legal permitting process.
This collection of project proposals will critically examine the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), its potential impacts on sacred lands and clean drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the context of global climate change. These project proposals will be submitted as comments in response to the Army Corps of Engineers’ required analysis of impacts of construction of the pipeline across Lake Oahe, and will become part of the public record.
The artist collective EIS will submit the body of proposals in one entry, with an introduction letter summarizing our intents. Project proposals need not be limited by funding or even possibility. We emphasize that this is not a call to carry out your proposal; doing so would require special permission from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, or other respective native tribes.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal agencies are required to undergo a thorough evaluation of the environmental impacts of development, present it to the public in an EIS, and collect comments on whether the public agrees that the harm is worth the benefit. Our collective Environmental Impact Statement takes its name from the required document that is central to this process. Our creative proposals will be submitted alongside many other concerns during the public comment period.
EIS recently carried out another project in this form as public comments on the EIS for a proposed logging sale in Mount Hood National Forest. You can view these proposals in this catalog that we published.
The required EIS will analyze:
(1) Alternative locations for the pipeline crossing the Missouri River, the current proposed route, plus an alternative of “no action”
(2) Potential risks and impacts of an oil spill, to Lake Oahe, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s water intakes, and the Tribe’s water, treaty fishing, and hunting rights; and
(3) Information on the extent and location of the Tribe’s treaty rights in Lake Oahe.
PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS THROUGH THIS SIMPLE WEBFORM.
Where life on earth is threatened, artists will not stand by watching.
Thank you for participating,
Ryan Seibold & Lisa Schonberg